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    I don't know how to get this post under "Vintage Machines". Billy, I have read where you use "Gold" on delicate decals. The finish is wore off parts of my decals on my treadle (avatar) and I am looking for some type of sealer to put on for protection. What exactly is this "Gold stuff". Your tutorials are very good.l
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    beautiful machine and I just sent Billy a private message (pm) so he can read your note and help you

    his board name is lostn51

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    beautiful machine and I just sent Billy a private message (pm) so he can read your note and help you

    his board name is lostn51
    Thank you so much, everyone is so helpful here. I have just recently joined the board and I am really enjoying it.

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    That is a beautiful machine. Wow! The decals are in really nice shape!!

    Billy refers to "Liquid Gold". I just use sewing machine oil for cleaning the machine...inside and out. I just slather it on, let it sit for awhile and then I wipe it off. Then I give it a couple coats of Turtle Wax. For all of the chrome and metal parts (even the brass medallion) I use "No. 7 Chrome & Metal Polish" that I bought at Walmart in the auto section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    That is a beautiful machine. Wow! The decals are in really nice shape!!

    Billy refers to "Liquid Gold". I just use sewing machine oil for cleaning the machine...inside and out. I just slather it on, let it sit for awhile and then I wipe it off. Then I give it a couple coats of Turtle Wax. For all of the chrome and metal parts (even the brass medallion) I use "No. 7 Chrome & Metal Polish" that I bought at Walmart in the auto section.
    Thank you, this machine is listed as Singer 1904 made in New York. It has all original parts and it has worked hard all it's life. It amazes me how they can remain in such excellent condition and I bought it mainly to sew on and do FM quilting. I only want to maintain the condition she is in now, not restore. The cabinet is original too and needs work but I don't want to spend money as these old ladies are not worth much in my area. I was told by a collector it is rare to see the Spinks decal on a 1904 model 15 treadle. Any comments on that?

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    I just got a 91 similar to yours but not a Treadle. The decals are also in good shape. I used Scott's Liquid Gold and it sparkles :) But I don't know if there is a way to seal the decals.
    I'm afraid of ruining them!!!
    We'll see what he has to say :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I just got a 91 similar to yours but not a Treadle. The decals are also in good shape. I used Scott's Liquid Gold and it sparkles :) But I don't know if there is a way to seal the decals.
    I'm afraid of ruining them!!!
    We'll see what he has to say :)
    "Liquid Gold" is this a car wax, furniture polish, ??? I live in Canada so we may not carry this product. Is there another comparable one or can you provide the contents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammygirlqt
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I just got a 91 similar to yours but not a Treadle. The decals are also in good shape. I used Scott's Liquid Gold and it sparkles :) But I don't know if there is a way to seal the decals.
    I'm afraid of ruining them!!!
    We'll see what he has to say :)
    "Liquid Gold" is this a car wax, furniture polish, ??? I live in Canada so we may not carry this product. Is there another comparable one or can you provide the contents?
    We have two products that I think are comparable. The first is Turtle wax, which I use on my treadles to maintain the finish. And the second is NuGold, which is a liquid and is also good. they both sell at Canadian Tire, or Walmart.

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    Liquid Gold is a furniture polish that helps protect the finish, hides the crazing (the little cracks in the finish), and gives it a shine like you would not believe!

    You can shoot an automotive clear coat on the existing finish but that is a very tricky thing to do and I would not let just anyone try it.

    That is a really nice machine and I do love the decals on it.

    Billy

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